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Sophie Taeuber-Arp:
Living Abstraction

The Museum of Modern Art

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The Museum of Modern Art announces Sophie Taeuber-Arp: Living Abstraction, the first major US exhibition in nearly 40 years to survey this multifaceted abstract artist’s innovative and wide-ranging body of work. The exhibition will explore the artist’s interdisciplinary approach to abstraction through some 400 works assembled from over 80 public and private collections in Europe and the US, including textiles, beadwork, polychrome marionettes, architectural and interior designs, stained glass windows, works on paper, paintings, and relief sculptures. Following its presentation at MoMA, the exhibition will be shown at the Kunstmuseum Basel (March 19–June 20, 2021) in Taeuber-Arp’s native Switzerland, and at Tate Modern in London (July 13–October 17, 2021), where it will be the first-ever retrospective of the artist in the United Kingdom.

Organized by The Museum of Modern Art, Kunstmuseum Basel, and Tate Modern

Organized by Anne Umland, the Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture, MoMA; Walburga Krupp, independent curator; Eva Reifert, Curator of Nineteenth-Century and Modern Art, Kunstmuseum Basel; and Natalia Sidlina, Curator, International Art, Tate Modern; with Laura Braverman, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture, MoMA.

Major support for the exhibition is provided by The Modern Women’s Fund.

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Sophie Taeuber-Arp. Composition verticale-horizontale. 1916. Textile. 19 11/16 × 15 3/16″ (50 × 38.5 cm). Fondazione Marguerite Arp, Locarno. © 2020 Stiftung Arp e.V., Berlin/Rolandswerth / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Sophie Taeuber-Arp. Dada Head. Zurich, 1920. Painted wood. 11 9/16 × 5½ × 5½” (29.4 × 14 × 14 cm). Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris. © 2020 Stiftung Arp e.V., Berlin/Rolandswerth / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Sophie Taeuber-Arp. Vitrail Composition abstraite désaxée. c. 1926-27. Stained glass. 18 1/8 x 17 5/16″ (46 × 44 cm). Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg. Photo: Musées de Strasbourg, A. Plisson. © 2020 Stiftung Arp e.V., Berlin/Rolandswerth / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Sophie Taeuber-Arp. Composition of Circles and Overlapping Angles. 1930. Oil on canvas. 19 ½ x 25 ¾” (49.5 x 64.1 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Riklis Collection of McCrory Corporation. Photo: The Museum of Modern Art, Department of Imaging and Visual Resources. © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Sophie Taeuber-Arp. Relief rectangulaire, cercles découpés, cônes surgissants. 1936. Painted wood. 21 5/8 × 25 9/16 × 6 3/8″ (55 × 65 × 16.2 cm). Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, gift of the founder Maja Sacher-Stehlin 1937, on permanent loan to the Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel. Photo: Bisig & Bayer, Basel. © 2020 Stiftung Arp e.V., Berlin/Rolandswerth / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Sophie Taeuber-Arp. Lignes d’été. 1942. Colored pencil on paper. 19 1/8 × 14 3/4″ (48.5 × 37.5 cm). Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, on permanent loan to the Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel. Photo: Kunstmuseum Basel, Martin P. Bühler. © 2020 Stiftung Arp e.V., Berlin/Rolandswerth / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York